Douglas County School District Meets Tuesday |

Douglas County School District Meets Tuesday

Regina Purcell, Tribune News Service

A new policy prompted by an outcry from teachers for more power in expelling or suspending students will be reviewed by school officials today.

The first reading of the revised suspension and expulsion policy is on the Douglas County School Board’s agenda for today’s meeting, scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Middle School in Zephyr Cove.

The new policy covering suspending and expelling student offenders “brings our policy into alignment with new state laws enforced July 1,” according to Roy Casey, assistant superintendent at the district.

He said, if approved, the new policy will be strictly enforced. If approved in a first reading today, it will go to a second reading, public comment and finally, approval.

Casey said school principals in the district will have discretion, with teacher’s input, of suspending a student violator for up to 10 days, but if a recommendation for suspension or expulsion exceeds that, it will be up to the board to decide the fate.

Casey said the new policy was prompted by an “outcry from teachers who felt as though they needed to be part of the decision-making authority,” and said the state Teacher’s Association strongly supports the revisions.

Casey also said each school in the district has its own comprehensive policy under state and district guidelines and parents can contact the schools for information.

The new policy also covers offenses such as possession of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances, verbal or physical abuse, gang activity, malicious damage to school property, truancy, disobedience, hazing or use of vulgar language among other offenses.

It also has a subsection that determines weapons, fighting and intimidation guidelines.

— Regina Purcell can be reached at

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